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Our Mission: To promote the business interests of Florida defense contractors through focused, statewide activities in business development, industry education, and advocacy.
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FDCA is the only business association for Florida defense businesses of all sizes across Florida:

  • Focused on meeting your unique needs.

  • Connecting you with defense businesses, primes and subcontractors, all across Florida.

  • With a board like you, comprised of leaders from small to large Florida defense businesses.

  • Engaged for your success during uncertain times.

  • Advocating to improve your business climate.

  • Conducting events, activities, and advocacy specifically tailored for you and your defense business.
FDCA Directors bring together decades of combined experience in Florida economic development, business development, and governmental affairs

Chair, Tim Bagniefski
VP of Marketing and Business Development
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
President, Joe Marino
Vice-President, Noel McCormick
McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design
Treasurer, Drew Harris
Systems Engineer / Network Administrator
First Commerce Credit Union
Secretary, Sue Englander
President and CEO
EEI Manufacturing Services
FDCA leads a statewide business network with members in varied and diverse industries. Hundreds of Florida companies earn prime contract defense revenue each year, and thousands more are subcontractors.

Each one contributes to and provides the best equipment and services in the world for our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces through:
Advanced Manufacturing
Information Technology
Research and Development
Simulation and Training
Security Services
Transportation and logistics
and more.
Over 100 businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors are FDCA Members.
Facts about Florida's defense industry.

Total Military and Defense economic impact: $73.4 Billion
Florida Defense Factbook 2013, Haas Center for Enterprise Florida (EFI)

Federal military procurement is a key driver of Florida’s high-wage, high-technology economy, generating...nearly 200,000 jobs across the state. [T]his accounts for a sizeable portion of Florida employment in key areas such as engineering and manufacturing.
Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis 2013, Haas Center for EFI

Procurement Totals by Year (in billions):

FDCA Corporate Membership
FDCA offers corporate Memberships for Florida defense businesses, prime and sub contractors, of all sizes, which earn revenue supporting or relating to national security (DoD/non-DoD revenue).

We also offer Associate Memberships for organizations which support or provide services to defense businesses.

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  • Affordable Dues
Directly connect with over 100 FDCA Member businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors, such as:

Full Public Membership Directory
Overall benefits of supporting FDCA with your membership dues:

Supporting Defense Businesses and the Industry
Providing You New Business Opportunities
Lowering Your Cost of Operating in Florida
Making Your Businesses More Competitive
Specific benefits to fit your unique business:

Members Assoc.
Voting Rights
Develop Your Business:
Exclusive Opportunities, Events, and Discounts; Access to Member Only Online 24 hour networking
Promote Your Business:
Listing on Website, Communications, and other online properties
Improve Your Business Climate:
Legislative Advocacy
Maximize Your Participation:
Up to 3 Point of Contact Representatives, sit on committees
Affordable dues for every business size:

Determine your business' Average Annual Florida Defense Revenue (AAFDR).

AAFDR = (Annual Revenue in FL) - (non-defense revenue) - (revenue subcontracted out)

AAFDR 12 month Dues
over $20 M $2000
$10 M to $20 M $1000
$5 M to $10 M $500
$2.5 M to $5 M $250
up to $2.5 M $175
Not a defense business $500
Events Drive Business Development
Business development opportunities occur when businesses connect. It takes time to find the right contact at the right company who can help your business succeed. Are you reaching your target audience?
FDCA events are open to all Florida defense business professionals (except the Federal Affairs Workshop). Members receive discounts.

  • Your Audience
  • Feature Events
  • Networking Events
  • Webinars
FDCA's audience is your audience. You have many options, and your time is valuable.

Your audience attends our events, which are specifically designed for defense businesses, so you receive a better return on your time and resources investment:

Decision Makers:
Business owners
CEO's, COO's, CFO's
Business Development Managers
Supply Chain Managers
and more.
Prime contractors
Small to Large Businesses
from every area of Florida
FDCA conducts four Feature Events a year, throughout Florida and Washington DC.

First Coast Defense Expo
November 6, 2014, Jacksonville, FL
Registration Open!
FL Defense Day
Winter, 2015, Tallahassee, FL
Registration Opening Soon
FL Defense Technology Showcase
Spring, 2015, Clearwater, FL
Registration Opening Soon
Federal Affairs Workshop
June 26, 2014, Washington, DC
Registration Opening Soon
FDCA Member Only Event
Networking Events provide you an informal and relaxed setting to reach your audience. Attend locally or make your way around the state and expand your connections. You're invited!

Webinars are efficient tools for you to exchange knowledge and keep up with what is affecting the industry in Florida and your business.

Coming Soon!

Advocating a Better Business Climate
Florida Capitol Complex Florida's business climate greatly affects your competitiveness. Your company is a federal contractor, but is also a Florida business. We have unique issues our industry and businesses need to bring to the attention of state leaders.

Every major industry in Florida has a presence in Tallahassee. FDCA is yours.

Our focal point for advocacy is the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch during the annual Legislative Session. We are working on your behalf for:

  • Defense Works in Florida
  • Unemployment Insurance Relief
Economic development incentive for Florida prime contractors to target and award subcontracts to Florida small business subcontractors

Protect Florida federal contractors reducing workforce, as a result of contract termination for convenience, against higher unemployment insurance rates


Your business may or may not have the resources for a government affairs staff, or the time and relationships it takes to invest toward a better business climate in Florida; however, a small portion of FDCA membership dues goes towards this vital work.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Shipbuilders Bet on Radical Hull Designs to Defeat Swarming Boat Threat - National Defense

"“There is a need for a highly, highly stabilized craft that are not large, that are smaller, that can be used to patrol [and] defend our Navy’s ships while they’re in troubled waters against high-speed boats,” said Greg Sancoff, president and CEO of Juliet Marine Systems.

That’s where Juliet’s Ghost ship comes in. Ghost doesn’t look like any other surface vessel the Navy owns, Sancoff said. Its command module sits on top of two struts, each of which is connected to a torpedo-shaped tube equipped with an engine and propellers that create a bubble of gas around the tube.

The result is a completely gryostabilized boat, where the command module flies above the surface of the water and its underwater structures sail through gas, reducing friction and drag. Having that level of stability is important for combat, he said. Ghost is able to fire Nemesis, non-line-of-sight, and tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missiles while moving through waves."

Shipbuilders Bet on Radical Hull Designs to Defeat Swarming Boat Threat

Eglin Air Force Base Expands Aerostat Program - Military .com

"A giant balloon has become a valuable asset in Eglin Air Force Base's weapons testing mission.

On Tuesday, a Jacksonville company, Drone Aviation Corp, announced it had been hired to expand the capabilities of the state-of-the-art lighter-than-air balloon it provided to the base earlier this year.

"In my world, what is interesting about this new order is that it shows Eglin is continuing to support our efforts because they are coming back to us to enhance their capabilities," said the company's CEO, Felicia Hess.

The aerostat systems, as they are known, can be customized with cameras, communications equipment, sensors and other information-gathering systems.

At Eglin, they are used to gather information about a weapons or munitions test. They can collect data, including visuals, on an area up to 5 miles away, without having to achieve too high an altitude, Hess said."

Eglin Air Force Base Expands Aerostat Program |

Florida is poised to benefit from new intermodal centers - Florida Trend

"In 2011, Enterprise Florida added Logistics to its Qualified Target Industry list, allowing qualifying expansions of Florida businesses or relocations of qualified logistics businesses to Florida to be eligible for economic development incentives. That same year, the Office of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations was created within the FDOT.

In 2012, the Florida Legislature passed HB599, which directed the FDOT to develop the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan (Freight Plan). The goals of that plan include increasing the flow of trade in and through Florida, increasing intermodal centers, increasing manufacturing, and increasing the use of natural gas and propane to reduce transportation costs.

The Freight Plan, which included the input of more than 700 stakeholders, established the Strategic Port Investment Initiative and the Intermodal Logistics Center Infrastructure Support Program (Infrastructure Support Program) within the FDOT. The Infrastructure Support Program provides seed funding for businesses that meet established criteria for projects that support Florida’s transportation network2. Funded at $5 million per year, these funds have been used to help Florida’s logistics companies increase their competitiveness. There were four projects funded during the first year across the state: in Panama City, Jacksonville, Palmetto and Miami. Combined, these projects used the $5 million in state funds to support more than $46 million in infrastructure development."

Florida is poised to benefit from new intermodal centers| Florida TaxWatch - Florida Trend

Whitesell-Green, Inc., Pensacola, Florida, awarded $9,947,000

Whitesell-Green, Inc., Pensacola, Florida, is being awarded a $9,947,000 firm-fixed-price contract for repairs to Bachelor Quarters 3709 and 3710 at Corry Station, Naval Air Station Pensacola. The work to be performed provides for interior demolition, minor structural repairs, drywall replacement on walls and ceilings, interior electrical repairs, interior plumbing replacement, installation of fire suppression system and detection systems, window replacement, floor covering replacement, interior and exterior door replacement, roof replacement, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system replacement, miscellaneous interior repairs, and construction of exterior walkways with handrails. Work will be performed in Pensacola, Florida, and is expected to be completed by May 2016. Contracts for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, awarded $45,000,000

Jacobs Technology Inc., Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was awarded a $45,000,000 modification (P0002) to cost-plus-fixed-fee contract W52P1J-13-D-0041 to provide support functions to the Army Sustainment Command Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), and the Army Contracting Command-Rock Island LOGCAP and reachback divisions. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Estimated completion date is Oct. 20, 2015. Contracts for Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Invitation from Congressman Ander Crenshaw to the First Coast Defense Expo

Upcoming Defense Business Networking Events

Tampa Bay

Courtside Grille, 110 Fountain Pkwy N, St Petersburg, FL 33716
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 4:30 PM ET

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Speakers
Brigadier General Chip Diehl, Usaf (Ret.), Florida Defense Support Task Force
Jenny Clark, Solvability, Event Sponsor
Joe Marino, Industry and Association Update, President FDCA
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Professional Networking

SPONSOR: Solvability
HOST: Florida Defense Contractors Association

Northeast Florida

River City Brewing, 835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 4:30 PM ET

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Speakers
First Coast Defense Expo Update
Joe Marino, Industry and Association Update, President FDCA
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Professional Networking

HOST: Florida Defense Contractors Association

Enterprise Florida announces $2.45 million investment for 14 Florida defense communities - Enterprise Florida

"Governor Rick Scott announced that 14 counties were awarded $2.45 million through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will support community projects at 19 Florida military installations.

Governor Scott said, “These Florida Defense Programs serve to support and sustain our many military installations. The more than $2.4 million in grants will provide installations with the resources necessary to enhance military value, and allow installations to provide for and support military families. I appreciate the work Florida’s service men and women do for our state and I’m grateful we are able to get communities the funding needed to enhance base and community relations.”

For more than 15 years the defense grants have been successful tools in assisting local defense partners in supporting the State’s military installations. Florida’s military and defense sector is responsible for 9.4 percent – or $73.4 billion – of the Sunshine State’s economy. This translates to more than 758,000 statewide direct and indirect jobs."

Enterprise Florida announces $2.45 million investment for 14 Florida defense communities | Enterprise Florida

Naval Station Mayport preparing for arrival of littoral combat ships - Action News Jax

"A multimillion-dollar facility is being built right now that will eventually house the administration offices that will support the new ships. Rep. Ander Crenshaw is in San Diego looking at the vessels. Action News spoke to him and a base commander, who say these ships are the future.

They’re fast, agile and filled with the latest military weaponry. They are littoral combat ships, and Naval Station Mayport is getting six of them.

“It's a game-changer for the Navy, surface Navy at least,” said Cmdr. Peter Ehlers.

“Not only is that great for national security, but as you know, that means more economic impact for northeast Florida,” Crenshaw said.

By the time all ships arrive over the next few years, 900 additional sailors and their families will call Mayport home.

Crenshaw said these new ships will also save money because of the smaller crew needed. He said there are $21 million in the appropriations bill right now to finish building the training facilities at Mayport."

Naval Station Mayport preparing for arrival of littoral combat... |